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Vase with scene of Farm Cove and the Garden Palace by Leonard Bentley for Doulton and Co

A wheel-thrown earthenware vase of baluster shape, with a round base, broad shoulders, short, narrow neck and small spreading lip. Hand painted in blue enamels with two views and covered with clear glaze. The main scene shows the Garden Palace surrounded by trees and bushes of the Royal Botanic Gardens and reflected in the water of the Farm Cove. A small boat sails on the right side of the cove. The foreground, painted with dense foliage opens at the middle level of the vase to reveal a grassy clearing below a horizontally placed esplanade along the closer bank of the cove with groups of strolling people. The back of the vase is painted with a smaller view depicting a stylised building topped with a flag, representing Fort Macquarie, as seen from across the Farm Cove where a tall ship sails on the right. Dense foliage covers the vase below the view. The two scenes are flanked by large trees which also separate them. The area above the shoulders is painted with blue sky and delicate white clouds in places. The scene is titled, signed and dated by the artist under the smaller scene just above the foot.
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